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Student Guide:

Academic Support Office is open and accessible to students with disabilities. We are committed to providing assistance to enable qualified students accomplish their educational goals as well as assuring equal opportunity to derive all of the benefits of campus life. Too often, students with disabilities struggle to make a successful transition to college. It's easy to understand why the transition can be so difficult. The laws are different and so is the accommodation process. RU wants to provide information which may ease the transition and provide a successful beginning to college life.

Federal Disability Laws:

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are very different. In high schools for example, under IDEA, special education program procedures may apply primarily to Learning Disabilities. High school students, who are in wheelchairs, may fall under a subpart of Section 504. IEPs (Individual Education Plans) are developed for these students simply because that is the procedure required under the IDEA mandated program. The misunderstanding comes from the practice of assuming that the "504 Plan" or the IEP developed at a high school will be binding on a college or university.

High School:

 Post-Secondary:

 Differences:

High School Responsibilities:

 College Responsibilities:

 Colleges and Universities are generally not required to:

 In contrast to the K-12 educational experience where many of the responsibilities are assumed by the school, student responsibilities at a college or university change as follows:

Student Responsibilities:

 Things to Remember

Students attending colleges and universities are considered adults, with privacy and confidentiality protections. RU staff cannot talk with parents and guardians about a student's academic activities as in the K-12 setting without explicit permission from the student.

Documentation requirements may vary from institution to institution. Each institution has the right to establish its own guidelines for documentation requirements. However, the documentation should verify the disability, describe the extent/severity of the impairment and provide information regarding the functional impact of the disability which supports the need for a specific accommodation.

College students should structure and plan their own study time; most colleges do not set up study periods or provide for time to do homework during classes.

Instructors and classes may differ regarding attendance requirements, scheduling assignment due dates and exams. It is generally the student's responsibility to study each professor's syllabus to determine these requirements. Attendance may be considered an essential requirement of some courses and therefore not subject to waiver or reduction. Grades reflect the quality of the work submitted.